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CAPE FEAR MEMORIAL BRIDGE CLOSURE: UPDATES, RESOURCES, AND CONTEXT

Jedi mastery was on full display in France, where lightsaber dueling is a sport

A MARTÍNEZ, HOST:

Good morning. I'm A Martínez. The force was on full display recently.

(SOUNDBITE OF LIGHTSABERS WHOOSHING)

MARTÍNEZ: France hosted 60 Jedi apprentices in a lightsaber duel championship this past weekend. A chance at Jedi mastery was at stake. The event came four years after lightsaber dueling was recognized as a sport in France. However, it's been a way of life on the planet of Coruscant since 1999. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.